Grandmothernulls Flower Garden
Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Pieced Cotton. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: The Grandmothernulls Flower Garden quilt, also known as the mosaic, honeycomb and six-sided patchwork during the 18th and 19th centuries dates back to at least 1770 in England. The oldest known example in the United States is from 1807. The first printing of the pattern in the United States was in 1835 by Godeynulls Ladies book. This one-patch pattern was made using the English Paper Piecing method in which a paper template is cut a quarter of an inch smaller than the fabric piece. The edges of the fabric are folded towards the back of the paper. The individual pieces are whipped stitched rather than sewn with the usual running stitch. The whip stitch has proven to be incredibly durable. A typical quilt is made from thousands of these small patches. Often the paper was left inside the patches and were sewn into the quilt, which allows historians to accurately date these quilts (paraphrased from: http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/mosaic.htm). The pattern reemerged during the 1930nulls when there was a demand for quilts that could be made from small scraps of fabric. Many of these quilts are made from feed sack fabrics. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, cotton sacks replaced barrels to carry and store farm products such as flour. Many women used these cotton sacks to make a variety of household items. In the 1920nulls-1930nulls up until the 1950nulls, manufacturers caught on and started marketing the sacks directly to housewives by making them from bright cotton dress prints, using a tear-off paper label instead of a stamped label, and by providing sewing patterns. This particular quilt has solid pink centers. The edge of the quilt is scalloped, following the outline of the hexagon. The quilting follows the hexagon shape. The back is a solid white fabric. Exhibition History: Spring, 1994, Rothman Gallery, F&M College. Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001), an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades. Robert L. Schaeffer, Jr. purchased quilt from Hatti Brunner (1890-1982), Antiques dealer from Reinholds, Pennsylvania in the 1960nulls.
82 x 90 inches